NEWS RELEASE · 22nd April 2013
MP Nathan Cullen - Ottawa
Nathan Cullen questioned officials from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada today about the potential impacts the Northern Gateway pipeline on fisheries in the Northwest, noting that the federal government is failing in two of its primary and essential duties to consult Canadians, and to scrutinize potential impacts.
It was learned during the cross-examination that, in its assessment of the proposed pipeline by Enbridge Northern Gateway, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has not consulted with First Nations and commercial users of fisheries in the Northwest to understand the potential impacts of an oil spill. It was also determined that neither Fisheries and Oceans Canada nor Environment Canada have assembled a study on the impacts of a bitumen spill in freshwater.
“Not consulting First Nations, fishermen, and other commercial and sport users of fisheries in the Northwest is an insult,” said Cullen. “This pipeline would cross hundreds of fish-bearing bodies of water, and today Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada tell us they haven’t even done their own assessment of how a bitumen spill in these waterways would affect those fisheries and the communities that rely on them. It’s an abrogation of duty by the government.”